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February 25, 2016

Crude Oil Export in the PNW – The Sleeping Giant

While the Keystone XL pipeline and drilling the Artic grew to be favorite topics for politicians on both sides of the aisle and the rallying cries for the environmental community, seemingly the only two poster children climate change in the national spotlight, a behemoth has been quietly extending it’s tendrils through the temperate rain forests and communities of the Pacific Northwest.  Crude oil export.  It’s not one single project that begs for a call to arms, but a series of them that stands to dwarf the impact of Keystone XL, both in climate footprint and potential for social and environmental catastrophe.
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Leland Wood works back in the lab to process water quality samples
February 20, 2016

Newport Blue Water Scholar to present to City Council

High bacteria readings at Nye Beach in Newport? It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last, but longstanding partnerships between Surfrider and the City of Newport continue to gain ground on sourcing pollution issues in this region. Bacteria is the health indicator measured in water quality for recreational contact and Nye Beach being a hub for tourism and beach recreation, local residents and the City alike have a vested interest in maintaining clean water and healthy beaches.
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February 15, 2016

DC Ocean Recreation Lobby Day Success

Last week Surfrider Foundation volunteers and staff from across the country, including 2 from Oregon, visited our nation’s capitol to help advocate for Surfrider’s 2016 Federal Priorities. Surfrider’s Environmental Director Pete Stauffer and Portland Chapter’s Joanna Malaczynski organized the DC Ocean Recreation Lobby Day event from Feb. 11-12, visiting with over 50 different congressional staff and lawmakers. The event was a huge success, bringing together Surfrider’s finest volunteers and leaders to support federal policies that protect our oceans, waves and beaches.
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Falcon Cove - Day after Christmas - Portland Chapter
February 5, 2016

NOAA and Oregon to create statewide Marine Debris Action Plan

After years of statewide heightened awareness and activity on marine debris issues from extensive volunteer cleanup efforts to marine debris policy advocacy such as bag and microbead bans and plastic reduction initiatives, Oregon is working in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program to develop the first ever statewide action plan on marine debris. This comes as good news to Surfrider Chapters throughout the state who have worked tirelessly on this issue for years, positioning themselves as leaders in volunteer cleanup efforts, data collection, rapid response cleanup protocols and advocacy for marine debris reduction policies at the local, state and national level.
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A diver measures rocky bottom inhabitants
January 7, 2016

Scientific Divers Wanted for Oregon’s Marine Reserves!

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), in partnership with Oregon Coast Aquarium and Oregon State University, is building a team of volunteer AAUS divers to be trained in PISCO subtidal monitoring protocols to survey the marine reserves off Oregon’s Coast.  ODFW will be hosting a free 2-day training every year in February at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport and if you’re interested and meet the qualifications, you can be part of their scientific dive team!
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A view from Cape Falcon south over Short Sands. Photo: Nadia Gardner
January 1, 2016

Short Sands Ushers in New Year with New Protections!

Recreational users to the popular Short Sands beach located within Oswald West State Park should take appreciation in the new year ushering into effect the Cape Falcon Marine Reserve and Protected Areas as of January 1, 2016! Marking the start of Oregon’s 5th in a statewide system of reserves and protected areas is certainly something to celebrate and important for recreational users visiting the site to be aware of and support ongoing compliance and stewardship. As if you didn’t need another reason to keep it clean while visiting Short Sands, the designation and implementation of these special ecological protections to conserve ocean wildlife should further reinforce your low-impact visit to Shorties. With kickoff celebrations scheduled by local community groups, there’s many upcoming opportunities to learn more about this newly implemented marine reserve at one of Oregon’s most popular tourism and recreational destinations.
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